Happy Monday! Here’s what I’m working on (aka overthinking but like, strategically) this week.
Migrating from hosted (wordpress.com) to self-hosted (wordpress.org).
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but been 1) too afraid of f-ing it up, and 2) unsure whether “Blushy Ginger” was going to stick as the long-term domain.
I am still very much afraid of f-ing it up, and if you happen to see this blog go dead sans redirection, you’ll know that I succeeded. In f-ing up.
The plan I’m trying to accomplish is to migrate this blog and its content to sadie-hall.com. This is a domain I already own and used to use strictly as a freelancing portfolio.
Anyway, this week, I’m setting myself up with self-hosting (Bluehost) under sadie-hall.com AND migrating blushyginger.com there.
I’ve got it mostly figured out behind the scenes, except for how to migrate subscribers and followers. Is that even possible? My research continues.
Why GO To all the trouble?
Why not just keep blogging on blushyginger.com? Well, to be completely honest, I want to make a living from my writing. I already freelance in the language services field as a translator and editor, but my real dream has always been to earn an income as a writer.
I just never had the confidence to pursue it.
I want to write for other sites, write my own books and guides, and write a successful and helpful blog (that earns an income).
And since I do business as Sadie Hall and not Blushy Ginger, it makes sense to rebrand under my own name.
The rough plan
I have a rough plan of how to do this.
- From the blogging perspective, I know I need to be self-hosted, and I know I need to learn about Pinterest, and affiliate marketing and ads. I’ve always shied away from those last two. I know for sure that I don’t want to turn this into a sales-pitchy blogmercial experience. So we’ll see. I’m just researching at this point.
- From the “becoming a freelance writer” perspective, I’ve been learning about content writing versus copywriting. My mental roadblocks are imposter syndrome (for content writing) and fear of sales-y language (for copywriting).
- From the “selling my own writing” perspective, I know I want to write a memoir, but I don’t know yet about self-publishing versus finding a small publisher. I do know that I need a platform of readers before it makes sense to try to sell my own book.
Are you interested in the behind-the-scenes process?
Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing about this whole process! I’m happy to share behind-the-scenes, from the techy logistics stuff to the business considerations to the mental roadblocks.
And if you have any advice, feel free to comment or drop a link!
Okay now let’s all cross our fingers that I don’t sh- the bed on this whole thing.